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Gitmo Prison Guard Converts From Atheism To Islam After Seeing Detainees ‘Wake Each Day And Smile’ CNN has an amazing story out of Guantanamo Bay about an American atheist prison camp guard that converted to Islam after spending extensive time talking to with some of the English speaking prisoners there. Army Specialist Terry Holdbrooks arrived at Gitmo 2003 as “an angry, nearly atheistic 19-year-old MP and by the time he left a year later he was a practicing Muslim. Holdbrooks was amazed at how the detainees “could wake up each day and smile” even though they were locked away in a prison camp with little hope of freedom. So all of this got him thinking: “Obviously there’s something more to Islam than I had been told.” Like anybody curious about faith he started to inquire about it. Holdbrooks, a bit disenfranchised with his superiors and fellow soldiers, started speaking for hours with detainees about Islam. One even gave him a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Quran, to study and it led him to change his way of life. When he approached one of the prisoners about converting he was met with a warning that it would forever change his life. “You understand that if you become a Muslim your unit is going to look at you differently, your family, your country…you understand…your country is going to look at you in a way that isn’t going to be good. It’s going to make things difficult for you,” he was told. Since he converted Holdbrooks has left military service and become an outspoken opponent of the camp at Guantanamo Bay. Listen to the clip below via CNN. http://www.mediaite.com/online/gitmo-prison-guard-converts-from-atheism-to-Islam-after-seeing-detainees-wake-each-day-and-smile/
al-Afghanee posted a topic in Coming EventsBismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Assalaamu Alaikum Warahmatullah, Tayyibun Institute invites you and your family this Ramadhaan to join us for: Tayyibun Annual Charity Iftar Gathering Ramadhaan 1433 / 2012 The Tayyibun Annual Charity Iftar Gathering is an unmissable jam-packed fully segregated event consisting of Emaan boosting lectures, mesmerising Qur'an recitation by Quraa' from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, mouth watering three course meal and charity fundraiser with auction. A spectacular event not to be missed consisting of over fifty renowned scholars and teachers enlightening us with their presence and passionately moving reminders. The event will host and cater for hundreds of Muslims gathered under one roof to break their fast together in the blessed month of Ramadhaan with a fine elegant luxurious Iftar dinner- creating a sense of brotherhood and Islamic unity. The event will be fully segregated between the genders and will also house a separate designated area for mothers with children. All in all this should be an exquisite event with the noble aim in building brotherhood, raising awareness and funds for our chosen charitable cause CagePrisoners, a human rights organisation that exists to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners and detainees held unjustly around the world. CagePrisoners carries out research and furthers understanding of international human rights and humanitarian law. Date: Saturday 28th July 2012 Venue: The Rex Centre Banqueting Suite 430- 434 Coventry Road, West Midlands, Birmingham B10 0UG Travel: Situated on Coventry Road Map- http://www.streetmap...searchp=ids.srf Time: 4.00pm to Iftar Speakers: * Invited guests include several renowned scholars and teachers whom will enlighten us with their presence and noteworthy reminders insha'allaah. Features: * Short inspiring eemaan boosting lectures * Live heart melting Qur'an recitation by Quraa' from Egypt and Saudi Arabia * Charity auction and fundraising in aid of CagePrisoners * Video presentations * Complimentary mouth watering three course iftar meal (HMC approved) * Fully segregated facilities between the genders Free admission- All brothers and sisters welcome (registration required online to book seats). Please note- although entrance and food is provided for free, we require all attendees to reserve their seats online to ensure that bookings do not exceed the hall capacity. Attendees must reserve their seat prior to attendance (to avoid disappointment) on: http://birminghamiftar.co.uk/ Wasalaamu Alaikum, Tayyibun Annual Charity Iftar Gathering- Birmingham, 28/07/12 http://birminghamiftar.co.uk/ * Annual Charity Iftar Gathering is a project of Tayyibun Institute. * Tayyibun Institute is a non-partisan organisation, we are not affiliated with any groups, Islamic organisations or Masjids. * We do not permit any external recording or publicity at any of our programmes. * Separate designated seating area for sisters with children available.